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Social cohesion
04 conferences
1st Conference Paris 1991
2nd Conference Malaga 2003
European High level Conference Croatia - 2007
Norwegian Presidency Conference Strasbourg - 2004
Russian Presidency Conference St Petersburg - 2006


“Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe: participation for all, innovation, effectiveness”,
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 21-22 September 2006

A Conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 21 and 22 September 2006 under the aegis of the Russian Federation Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in order to

· launch the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan which aims to improve the quality of life, inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities in society, and to strengthen equal opportunities and non-discrimination;

· strengthen international co-operation at governmental and non-governmental level;

· develop practical recommendations to national authorities aimed at promoting good practices at national level and increasing co-operation with civil society.

The Conference will bring together governmental and non-governmental experts in disability issues (e.g. policy makers, parliamentarians, academics, persons with disabilities and/or organisations representing them) from national, regional and local levels in Europe.

It should raise awareness of the need to adopt a strategic and integrated approach to disability policies by implementing the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (Recommendation Rec(2006)5), in which transnational exchanges of knowledge and co-operation play a vital part. Participants will adopt a declaration including practical recommendations. Proceedings will be published after the Conference.

Participation is by invitation only.


Link to Final declaration

Final declaration in Russian

Conclusions :

Mr Vladychenko, Director General of Social Cohesion, Council of Europe